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The Bundesliga side's coach is delighted with its progression to the Champions League quarterfinals, despite going down 2-1 at home to Zenit on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp believes his side has earned its place amongst Europe's elite in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Sebastian Kehl cancelled out Hulk's opener in the return leg of the last-16 meeting with Zenit on Wednesday, as Dortmund was beaten 2-1 on the night.

Despite the defeat, Klopp's side still progressed to the last eight on aggregate and the coach was delighted to have made it to the next round.

"Sometimes success can hide even behind a 1-2 defeat," he said after the match. "Borussia Dortmund have to learn that. We are at the quarterfinals again. Up there with the creme de la creme. That's awesome."

Captain Sebastian Kehl echoed his coach's sentiments, insisting his side deserved to progress.

"Perhaps it wasn't our best match, but we have reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League and can all leave the stadium with a huge smile on our face," he told UEFA.com. "We are very happy going through, as we've had a lot of injuries this season. We never complained about it, but it does cost a lot of energy.

"Despite all this, we deserve to be among the best eight teams in Europe."

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